Just when Warner Bros.’ plans for a Beetlejuice sequel seemed doomed to the afterlife, someone apparently has spoken the name again.
According to Deadline, the studio has hired Mike Vukadinovich to rewrite the screenplay for the project, which would reunite director Tim Burton with star Michael Keaton.
Vukadinovich wrote Rememory, a sci-fi drama starring Peter Dinklage and Julie Ormond, and worked on the upcoming first season of Marvel’s Runaways for Hulu.
The development comes more than a year after Keaton admitted the long-gestating sequel might never happen. “It’s possible that ship has sailed,” he said.
Winona Ryder, who starred in the 1988 original, had previously teased a sequel, telling Seth Meyers in 2015 that she “thinks [she] can confirm it,” with both Burton and Keaton on board. The director later revealed a sequel wasn’t officially in the works, but he was still interested in doing it.
Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions are expected to produce Beetlejuice 2.
Beetlejuice was recently re-released and is now playing in two theaters in Los Angeles. There’s also a rumored adaptation headed to Broadway from Tony-nominated director and writer Alex Timber.
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